18 March 2015 Total lithography system based on a new application software platform enabling smart scanner management
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Along with device shrinkage, higher accuracy will continuously be required from photo-lithography tools in order to enhance on-product yield. In order to achieve higher yield, the advanced photo-lithography tools must be equipped with sophisticated tuning knobs on the tool and with software that is flexible enough to be applied per layer. This means photo-lithography tools must be capable of handling many types of sub-recipes and parameters simultaneously.

To enable managing such a large amount of data easily and to setup lithography tools smoothly, we have developed a total lithography system called Litho Turnkey Solution based on a new software application platform, which we call Plug and Play Manager (PPM). PPM has its own graphical user interface, which enables total management of various data. Here various data means recipes, sub-recipes, tuning-parameters, measurement results, and so on. Through PPM, parameter making by intelligent applications such as CDU/Overlay tuning tools can easily be implemented. In addition, PPM is also linked to metrology tools and the customer’s host computer, which enables data flow automation. Based on measurement data received from the metrology tools, PPM calculates correction parameters and sends them to the scanners automatically. This scheme can make calibration feedback loops possible. It should be noted that the abovementioned functions are running on the same platform through a user-friendly interface. This leads to smart scanner management and usability improvement.

In this paper, we will demonstrate the latest development status of Nikon’s total lithography solution based on PPM; describe details of each application; and provide supporting data for the accuracy and usability of the system. Keywords: exposure
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Hirotaka Kono, Hirotaka Kono, Kazuo Masaki, Kazuo Masaki, Tomoyuki Matsuyama, Tomoyuki Matsuyama, Shinji Wakamoto, Shinji Wakamoto, Seemoon Park, Seemoon Park, Taro Sugihara, Taro Sugihara, Yuichi Shibazaki, Yuichi Shibazaki, "Total lithography system based on a new application software platform enabling smart scanner management", Proc. SPIE 9426, Optical Microlithography XXVIII, 942619 (18 March 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2085689; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2085689

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